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it. coming up tomorrow, we'll talk to muhammad ali's daughter. news with carol costello starts right now. i'll see everybody back here for "starting point." hey, carol. ♪ >>> stories we're watching right now in the news room, the nation's flu outbreak spreads, the death toll gross and one major american city declares a state of emergency. we'll tell you what you need to know in the scary flu season. plus this -- >> the president is going to action. there are executive orders, executive action that can be taken. >> that comment has conservatives and gun supporters in an uproar. come claim the administration is about to infringe on your second amendment rights but what power does the president really have? museum or cathedral. baseball writer jason star call force a national conversation on the baseball hall of fame. we'll talk to him. plus -- and there was a lion that ran across the street a big lion. >> frantic 911 callers report a lion on the loose in virginia. but it turns out to be a dog. "newsroom" starts right now. >> good morning to you, imecarol costello. thank you so much f
. >>> good morning to you. thank you so much for being with us. i'm carol costello. we begin with a new battle, or should i say another battle that's brewing this morning in washington. at the center, former u.s. senator chuck hagel. in four hours, president obama is expected to name hagel as his choice for defense secretary. that nomination could be bruising. hagel is known for being fiercely independent and the loudest outcry could come from hagel's own fellow republicans. they say he's the wrong choice to oversee the military. the combat veteran, who was badly wounded in vietnam, is openly wary of armed conflict. >> the pain, and we didn't have any medics there with us, and we did have some guys, again, that i think were in pretty bad shape. the morphine and everything was used for them. >> you know, if i ever get out of all this, i am going to do everything i can to assure that war is a last resort. that we, a nation, a people, calls upon to settle a dispute. the horror of it, the pain of it, the suffering of it. >> hagel won two purple hearts for his service in vietnam. he also sav
.m. eastern time. up next, carol costello. >> good morning, soledad. >>> stories we're watching in the newsroom. taking control of the gun industry in a sweetheart deal that may shock you. one outraged law maker explains in an exclusive interview. >>> he says he's still a republican, but colin powell had sharp words about the current state of his political party. >> a dark vein of intolerance in some parts of the party. >> so what did powell mean by that, and what does he think the gop needs to do to be relevant in the future? we'll tell you. >>> riding toward redemption, or hitting a lawsuit pothole. lance armstrong reportedly considers confessing before talking to oprah winfrey. plus this. >>> "the hunger games" was one of the biggest films of the year and also what i call the six weeks it took me to get in this dress. >> ang lee has been nominated for best director for "life of pi," which is what i'm going to call the six weeks after i take this dress off. >> tina fey and amy poehler earning rave reviews, but they're not the only ones making headlines. jodie foster anyone? "n
contact.com/try. >>> good morning to you, i'm carol costello, thank you so much for being with us. it's 30 minutes past the hour. lance armstrong did more than sit down with oprah, he reached out to some of the people who accused him of doping, one of them betsy andreu, armstrong called her up, and apologized for 40 minutes for maligning her reputation and destroying her husband's cycling career. listen to what she told cnn's anderson cooper. >> i want to believe that lance armstrong wants to come clean, but this is giving me an indication that i can't. >> i want to play the exchange he had with oprah where he is specifically talking about calling you. let's play it down. >> have you called betsy andreu? >> yeah. >> did she take your call? >> she did. >> she did. was betsy telling the truth about the indiana hospital, overhearing you in 1996? >> i'm not going to take that on, and i'm laying down on that one. >> was betsy lying? >> i'm just not -- i'm going to put that one down. i don't want to -- she asked me and i asked her not to talk about -- >> what you said? >> -- the details of the call. it was a
newsroom" with carol costello begins right now. see you now everybody. >> hi soledad and happy birthday christine. stories we're watching right now in the newsroom, trapped by rising water, rescuers in maryland struggle to save stranded drivers. the storm system they say killed two in the south. >> reporter: in adairsville you can see to the right of the funnel some of the debris coming up, this is only about a quarter mile from our location here on highway 41 near i-75. >> this same weather system pushing to the northeast. >>> day three of a dangerous standoff, a 5-year-old boy still held hostage in an underground bunker. we're learning new details about the man who took him. neighbors say he's a survivalist with anti-american views. >>> short supply, the gun debate has people across the country looking to stock up, but now one retailer, and that would be walmart, limits how much ammunition they can buy. >>> and the brothers harbaugh have one final score to settle. >> well, you know, fighting for everything. you fight for the extra hotdog, and you know, you fight for girls, you fight f
. thank you for being with us. now to carol costello, "cnn newsroom" begins right now. >> good morning to you both and good morning to all of you. stories we're watching now in the newsroom, defying gravity and flirting with death the thrill-seeking x games turns somber with word one injured athlete has taken a turn for the words. >>> protecting the nfl shield and nfl player, the league and the union near a deal to fund research on concussions and other injuries. >>> president obama on the road and on message for a chief priority of his second term today, he wraps his arms around a new senate plan to reform the nation's immigration system. >>> and it seems logical if you're a safe driver you should pay less for car insurance. too bad that's not the case anymore. the difference in price quotes might shock you. "the newsroom" starts now. good morning, and thank you so much for being with us. i'm carol costello. we begin with the adrenalin-fueled x games, and new questions this morning as the high-flying competition, has it become too extreme, too dangerous? 25-year-old caleb moore who co
for being with us. i'm carol costello. we begin with the adrenalin-fueled x games, and new questions this morning as the high-flying competition, has it become too extreme, too dangerous? 25-year-old caleb moore who competes in snowmobile freestyle is in critical condition this morning after this bone-jarring crash a few days ago. after he came up short on landing his 450-pound snowmobile tumbled over him. "usa today" is reporting moore has chest and head injuries. danger and thrills are a big part of the x games and its appeal to younger audience. sunday it wasn't just the athlete but the crowd that scrambled to get out of the way of a runaway snowmobile. remember this iconic fail from 2007, skateboarder jake brown soars into the sky, loses control and plummets 45 feet to a thunderous crash, amazingly, he walked away with only bumps and bruises but he's one of the lucky ones. jason blevins for "the denver post" has spoken to moore before the event. jason, welcome and good morning. >> good morning, carol. >> any more word on caleb moore's injuries? >> last update from the family was
. >> great to hear people talking together. we are out of time. "cnn newsroom" with carol costello begins now. hey carol, good morning. >> hi, soledad. stories in "the newsroom" a young hostage taken underground to a bunker. >>> killer violent storms on the move, at least one person is reported dead in nashville, tornado warnings popping up across the southeast, the entire east coast could soon be in the danger zone. >>> ray lewis, reverend ray? people call him reverend ray? >> yes. >> does he it he serve that title? >> he does, he's a jacklegged preacher without a license, no bible college but it's just in him. he can't help it. >> we talked to the pastor who put lewis on the road to redempti redemption. >>> toyota hits the breaks. automakeer announcing a massive recall for two popular models. find out if your car is at risk. "newsroom" starts now. >>> good morning and thank you for joining us. i'm carol costello, on the same day a senate committee looks at the problem of gun violence in the united states, police work around the clock to save a 6-year-old boy held hostage by a man with a gun
" with carol costello is here right now. >>> gabrielle giffords, the nation marvelled from a gunman's killing spree. today she launches a new fight for stricter gun laws >>> million-dollar mystery an illinois man suddenly dies after winning the lottery but after toxicology tests show he was poisoned there are new questions this morning, who killed farush kan? >>> alabama rolls to its third bcs tight until four years but it was announcing brent mu mussberger's comments making news this morning. ♪ let's dance, put on your red shirt and dance the blue ♪ >> bowie's back and it's his birthday, ziggy stardust celebrated giving his fans a new song from his new album. ♪ let's dance, while color lights up your face ♪ >> good morning to you. thank you so much for joining me, i'm carol costello. we begin with a debate over gun control and new efforts to force stricter laws. former congresswoman gabrielle giffords launching an online campaign to raise funds and public support. she's unveiling the effort two years to the day since a gunman shot her, along with 18 other people, also marking the ann
. >>> good morning i'm victor blackwell, sitting in for carol costello. we begin with a new measure of the economy, two big reports just released, one on the nation's unemployment, the other a look at the health of the american auto industry. first up, jobs. just minutes ago we learned that initial jobless claims inched up last week to 372,000, that's an increase of 10,000 from the week before. business correspondent christine romans is in new york to break down the numbers. take us inside this report, why the increase? >> let's take a look first at the overall picture here. we have seen jobless claims edging down for almost three years now, after the very, very peak of all those jobless claims in the financial crisis, so the trend is still moving in the right direction here, victor, but did you have a little bit of an increase, 10,000 to 372,000, those are first time filers for unemployment benefits insurance. now, let me give you another gauge we got today, the adp payroll report, private payroll service, cut the paychecks for a lot of different businesses. they found in december,
'll leave the weekend, no squirrel in my teeth, we'll move on now. >> "cnn newsroom" with carol costello, carol, good morning. it's not carol costello, it's victor blackwell. >> just a little bit of difference, no squirrel in the teeth. i was going to jump in there but just got this good job so i'm not going to make fun of you john. >> i like him. >>> happening now, pork promises and priorities. sandy victims finally getting their due today, and it cannot come soon enough. >> there's a good 40% of the exterior walls that are covered in mold. >> we don't have anyone to remove it and we don't have the finances to be able to. >> as washington doles out billions, we examine where the money is really going. new details about venezuela's president hugo chavez, reportedly battling a severe lung infection. some venezuelans are worried about his condition and it may be worse than officials are letting on. >>> plus a new year and a new gaffe from vice president joe biden. the latest and afternoon swearing in ceremony for new senators. we'll have the audio will you not believe. plus this. >> this s
krugman, new york times columnist, is going to join us as well. carol costello takes over now. hi, carol. >> hi, soledad. >>> happening now in the newsroom, trapped. new details on the nightclub fire in brazil. doors were locked. thousands of people, and only one exit. and now there are new questions about the club's license and word of arrests made just this morning. >>> obama, clinton, and 2016, the secretary of state and the future. >> i don't think either he or i can make predictions about what's going to happen tomorrow or the next year. >> just ahead, the love fest and what a difference an election can make. >>> credit alert. stores can now charge you a so-called checkout fee. we'll tell you how much and where. plus this. >>> i really hope "30 rock" is ending this week, but i hope it has a long life in syndication. i look forward to another generation of nerds kind of finding it and enjoying it. >> it was so cool being able to roll out the red carpet and coming here today and them calling our name. >> backstage at the sag awards. newsroom has your all access pass to the winners and
, it is a spectacular storm. "newsroom" starts now. good morning, thank you so much for joining us. i'm carol costello. we begin with new questions on the white house's search for ideas to curb gun violence in america. president obama vowed to bring together the vastly divided interests in the gun control debate. today those sides seem more polarized than ever. the nation's largest gun lobby the nra is angry and apparently backing away from the conversation, says the white house isn't really interested in a dialogue. >> we knew going into this meeting what the president's position on the so-called assault weapons ban it, is, he said no we've made up our mind on that. no, there's not going to be an agreement on that. >> today we're learning the nation's largest gun retailer is feeling slighted. walmart officials agreed to take part in the talks but in the end they didn't get to meet with joe biden. christine romans has been talking to walmart, what are executives telling you. >> well it's noted inside the company in the end it wasn't a meeting with the vice president, this meeting and the rescheduling
of you. "cnn newsroom" with carol costello right now. >>> condition critical, hospitals take emergency measures to deal with a severe strain of flu and overflow of patients. plus -- >> shoot him again, shoot him. oh, no. >> moments of terror, a hero mother on the phone with her husband, while a burglar hunts down her family. hear the 911 tape as she hides in the attic with her 9-year-old twins. >>> breaking his silence, lance armstrong agreeing to sit down with oprah winfrey. the downfall and the doping accusations, will we hear a confession from the once cycling great? >>> and he climbed all the way to the top of a storm-soaked roller coaster to plant an american flag. later you'll hear why he did it and what happened to him. "newsroom" starts now. good morning to you, thank you so much for being with us. i'm carols cou s coulcostello. we begin with a story that might be in your home, you don't know it or not, the outbreak of the flu, this year exceptionally early and unusually rampant. at least 43 states reports widespread cases and hospitals are starting to feel the strain, in chica
" tomorrow, congresswoman tammy duckworth will join us. "cnn newsroom" with carol costello joins us right now. >>> stories in "the newsroom" lance armstrong reportedly admits to oprah he cheated and that may not be the most painful part of his confession. >>> veterans wanted. walmart has a new plan that could give thousands of veterans a job. >>> plus this -- >> for over 125 years we've been bringing people together. today we'd like people to come together on something that concerns all of us, obesity, the long-term health of our families and the country is at stake. >> coca-cola is pushed to reduce obesity, a commercial aimed at ending the issue of this generation. is it really damage control as some critics are charging? >>> facebook is revealing a big secret. the only view is on the invitation to the media, come see what we're building. what it might be, in a bit. plus. >>> it's going to be like that, huh? ahh, someone wants to play. >> trying to keep up with the old guy. >> is that your real hair? >> a new nike face to the stroke of $250 million. "newsroom" starts now. >>> good morning, t
"suits." >> i love that show. >> "cnn newsroom" begins with carol costello. good morning. >> good morning. >>> happening in the "newsroom" -- fireball in london a deadly crash as a helicopter slams into construction crane, new details on what may have caused this frightening accident. >>> under the gun, much of the eastern united states, from louisiana to maine getting rain, snow, and ice, this is just the beginning! an arctic blast plunging south. >>> champion cash, a startling look at the money, the players and the influence s.e.c. schools spending the most three times what most people earn in a year. it's an eye-opening look at the athletes and the almighty dollar. >>> plus this -- >> i don't know if i want this guy to be the face of austin anymore. >> outrage that the cyclist and the confession and now will cycling be booted out of the summer olympics because of lance armstrong? armstrong? >>> "newsroom" starts now. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com >p >>> go>>> good p much f carol costello. r p we begwe begin thi spectaculp spectacular and g helicopter crash in the heart of londo
newsroom" with carol costello happening now. >> missed opportunity with the inauguration speech? sharp reaction to the president's inaugural speech. >>> then a night to remember. >> ladies and gentlemen, my better half, and my dance partner, michelle obama. >> the first lady stepping out in ravishing red, a dashing dress by designer jason wu. we'll talk to him live later this hour. >>> arctic blast, dangerously cold air plunging south, bringing with it heavy snow and bone-chilling winds. this deadly 86-car pile-up, a scene of absolute chaos. >>> combat ready, prince harry on the front lines in afghanistan. >> our job is make sure the guys are safe on the ground. if it means shooting someone who is shooting at them, that will do it. >> gunning down taliban insurgents, plus -- >>> remember this, asteroids on atari, a video game original and all of its low definition, muted audio splendor. this morning, word that it may be game over for the arcade pioneer. >>> and heads up, a high school wrestler pinned under a ceiling light. amazingly the kid is all right. "newsroom" starts now. >>> good
. >>> "cnn newsroom" with carol costello begins right now. >>> standoff, a champion of gun control unveils sweeping new vision that could impact and outrage millions of americans. >>> women will finally get to serve in combat areas but not right away. >>> above the world and well below zero, you think it's cold where you are? the researchers at this observatory say they have the world's worst weather. >>> and soon it will be hard to find a large soda in new york city, but now there's a new argument to keep those giant drinks around. "newsroom" starts now. good morning, i'm carol costello, thank you so much for being with us, and in just a couple of hours a strict, new gun control plan will be unveiled and brace for a loud outcry from millions of gun owners and their ultrapowerful lobbying group the nra. the latest push coming from senator dianne feinstein, the california democrat who authored the nation's original ban on assault weapons in the 1990s, but this ban would reportedly be much more strict. it would trap current gun owners and outlaw the future sale of some handguns and shotguns.
for the super bowl. >>> "cnn newsroom" with carol costello right now. >> thank you, soledad. conservatives in charlotte with a sweeping message of change. >> we have to stop being the stupid party. we must quit big. we are not the party of big business, big banks, big wall street bailouts, big loopholes or big anything. >> governor bobby jindal and the importance of messaging. >>> the first u.s. president to support same-sex marriage in his inaugural address, this morning the head of the gay and lesbian task force is here to talk obama, defense of marriage act and gays in the workplace. >>> plus this -- >> i'm just calling to say good night, i love you. >> hear the late night voice mails that landed manti te'o in katie couric's chair and the question that has everyone talking this morning. >> are you gay? >> no, far from it, far from that. >> the hoax, the dead girlfriend, and the interview you got to see. plus this. >>> when i watch you eat, when i look at you lately, i just want to smash your face in. >> smash my face. >> ooh, you know her from "war of the roses." kathleen turner sits do
. good morning, i'm carol costello, thank you so much for being with us, and in just a couple of hours a strict, new gun control plan will be unveiled and brace for a loud outcry from millions of gun owners and their ultrapowerful lobbying group the nra. the latest push coming from senator dianne feinstein, the california democrat who authored the nation's original ban on assault weapons in the 1990s, but this ban would reportedly be much more strict. it would trap current gun owners and outlaw the future sale of some handguns and shotguns. joe johns joins us from washington, i understand that senator feinstein will show up holding a bushmaster. >> reporter: we don't know if she'll be holding it but we know she is going to have some weapons present that would be banned under her proposal, that would include bushmaster, as you know, they're fairly well-known, a bushmaster was we believe used by the shooter in newtown, connecticut. now, we know the broad outlines of what feinstein is likely to promow propose. it's been public for weeks. we look for detail, we expect a revised ban on the
to make sure we're cautious and well-protected. >> thank you, jennifer. i'm carol costello. the next hour of newsroom starts right now with ashleigh banfield. >> thanks so much, carol. everybody talks about the weather, right, carol was just talking about it, jennifer was just talking about it. when the windchill hits 20 below or 30 below or 40 below, that's news and it hurts. it includes us, it includes just about everybody in the u.s. in fact, we're talking deep ice hitting the deep south. first, however, we're going to talk guns. because after tragedies and promises and debates and executive actions, the showdown on guns is really now about to begin. senator dianne feinstein is making good on her vow to take action. she's about to unveil her tough new bill. the provisions include bans on military-styled assault weapons to be defined in this bill as well. bans on semiautomatic rifles, handguns, and shotguns, a strengthening of the 1994 ban which, by the way, if you didn't know, senator feinstein authored the 1994 bill that expired in 2004. also, bans on magazines that hold more than ten
. >>> good morning, i'm joe johns from washington, and sitting in for carol costello. we begin this morning with the fiscal cliff and the drama that now shifts to the house, that's because overnight the senate overwhelmingly passed a compromise measure, the move delays the spending cuts that have could plunged the nation back into a recession. for most americans here is the bottom line, taxes would stay the same for almost everyone but top earners but the measure is up to the house. lawmakers could vote on a compromise today and republican leaders in the house are not making any promises that it's going to pass. this morning, both parties say more work needs to be done. >> i'm disappointed that we weren't able to make the grand bargain as we've tried to do for so long. we tried. passing this agreement does not mean negotiations halt, far from it. >> we've done some good for the country. we've taken care of the revenue side of this debate and now it's time to get serious about reducing washington's out of control spending. that's a debate the american people want. it's the debate we'll have
for this new nike ad. "newsroom" starts now. >>> good morning, thank you so much for being with us. i'm carol costello. we begin with a bit of breaking news, lance armstrong takes another hit as the international olympic committee strips him of his bronze medal. he took third place in the men's road cycle individual time trial at the 2000 olympics in sidney, australia. the ioc is asking armstrong to return the medal. the disgraced cyclist competed in the 1996 games in atlanta. the doping scandal that now surrounds armstrong could bring down the sport of cycling in olympic games. cycling may be pulled from the games if the scandal implicating top cycling officials inside the international cycling union, the sports' governing body. more on armstrong's latest trouble in a live report from austin, texas. >>> to another developing story this morning in north africa, in algeria, where the fate of several americans remains unknown. they were taken hostage yesterday during an attack by islamic militants. happened at a gas field owned partly by bp. two people have been killed, and there are reports th
./carolcnn or tweet me. >>> i am carol costello. thank you for joining me today and thanks for answering my "talk back" question. cnn "newsroom" continues right now. >>> thank you so much. happy new year to you, my friend. nice to see your shining face. hello, everyone. i'm ashleigh banfield. one, a vietnam war hero and two-term gop senator and the other, a veteran of the spy war who is found a niche in west wing politics. two hours from now, chuck hagel seen here on the left and john brennan seen there at the podium on the right, they're going to stand with president obama at the white house to accept his nomination for defense secretary and cia director respectively. neither choice is a shock and neither is likely to have an easy go at the senate confirmation process because you know that's coming up. joining me now with the sin sights on this and the expert e expertise, gloria borger and chief national correspondent john king. in the interest of the new year's resolution to be positive, let's start with the pros, gloria borger. let's go over the list with chuck hagel as the starting point. he's a
's the story of redemption. carol costello did a terrific story about that in her earlier hours here on cnn. is he ever going to be able to leave what happened in atlanta at super bowl 2000 or does he say he lives with this every day and will continue to live with it every day until he dies? >> in a sense i think he's left it behind already. he moved on. he had one of the greatest careers of any linebacker in nfl history. i understand that my report and the murder allegations are getting a lot of interest this week but 99% of the time for people that follow the sporting press, it idolizes ray lewis. it is left behind. it's not something that's not a footnote on his wikipedia page and always something attached to him but for people that follow him and follow the sports world, most of the coverage is hero worship. >> david, it's great reading in "sports illustrated." i have to reiterate again that cnn hasn't done independent confirmation yet. we haven't been able to confirm the allegations that you make in the magazine but it is very interesting reading. he's a very interesting character rega
colleague, carol costello referred to it, like a slinky gone out of control. >> reporter: that's a good one. >> i want to switch gears a little bit. that's about another nomination that's going to have to be made because we have had another resignation, hilda solis, the labor secretary, announcing she is wanting some more familiar will i time i can only guess. give me the low-down on that. >> reporter: this comes at a time when there has been some criticism against this white house for not having enough women enter high positions in terms of the president rolling out his new team. there has been that criticism. i think when you look at who the president has around him, you look at valerie jarrett, homeland security secretary napolitano. he does have women in top positions but there is that criticism and it gets new life when someone like this steps aside. she said in a letter to her employees, she had been at home in california over the holidays, had a chance to reflect and talk with family members. after much discussion with family and close friends, i have decided to begin a new future an
what else can he possibly say? thank you so much for joining me today. i'm carol costello. >>> "cnn newsroom" continues now with ashleigh banfield. >> oh, carol, he can say so much more. i'm dying to see it. thank you, miss costello. hi, everybody. i'm ashleigh banfield. he didn't tell all, but he sure told plenty, didn't he? finally coming clean about doping, but never believing he was actually cheating, not at the time anyway. and now, well, if you caught part one of lance armstrong's full baring session with oprah winfrey, you know this is not the lance who cruised to seven tour de france bicycle victories and rolled over anyone who crossed him. this lance is saying yes, after more than a decade of saying no. >> yes or no, did you ever take banned substances to enhance your cycling performance? >> yes. >> yes or no, was one of those banned substances epo? >> yes. >> did you ever blood dope or use blood transfusions to enhance your cycling performance? >> yes. >> did you ever use any other banned substances like testosterone, courtisone or humn growth hormone? >> yeah. >> yes or n
real test of leadership. dan simon, cnn, san francisco. >>> i'm carol costello. thank you very much for joining me today. "cnn newsroom" continues right now with ashley ban field. >>> thank you very much, carol. hello, nice to have you with us. there is nothing like an election to focus the attention of lawmakers and presidents. just look at how fast immigration reform went back on the front burner after president obama won more than 70% of the hispanic vote in november. as we speak, the president is en route to nevada. a state that he carried by more than six points over mitt romney despite an imploding economy there. any guesses who kept that state blue? the president is pitching a comprehensive immigration rewrite that may sound a lot like the senate plan that was unveiled yesterday. however, it will not sound identical. cnn's brianna keilar joins me from the white house now. so will the president propose something completely different than what the senate has already done, and is there a risk of confusing everyone? >> reporter: no, i don't think he'll propose something entirely
. their thinking is crazy and skewed. i'm carol costello. thank you for joining me today. cnn newsroom continues with ashleigh banfield. >>> actually one month after president obama vowed to use "whatever power his office holds to prevent more tragedies like newtown" he is about to say exactly what that means. in a little less than an hour he'll take the wraps off a series of proposals that go beyond gun control. he's expected to push for a new ban on assault weapons and high-capacity ammo clips. he wants to close the so-called gun show loophole, that involving the background checks. but he's also expected to talk about other things like mental health car health care and boosting school security. he will be joined by his vice president, joe biden who compiled these ideas after talks with various stakeholders. and for good measure they invited along some of the children who wrote them after the massacre at sandy hook. cnn's special live coverage begins at 45 minutes past the hour. while we wait for the president to address us on these issues, i wanted to bring in our white house correspondent, da
now with ashleigh banfield. >> thank you very much, carol costello. nice for having you with us today. hi, everybody, i'm ashleigh banfield. it's 11:00 on the east coast. we've got a very busy hour. we want to start with you in alabama where a 5-year-old, special needs boy is still being held in an underground bunker by an old man whose got a gun. >>> and in washington, at this hour, president obama's pick for defense secretary is on the defensive. you're going to see all of this playing out live. >>> also, deadly storms and springlike tornadoes give way to a deep freeze wild weather from the deep south all the way up to new england. i want to take you to capitol hill now. and a former senator who was loved and admired by colleagues on both sides of the aisle, that was until he was tapped by president obama to head the pentagon. chuck hagel is a little over 90 minutes into a senate confirmation hearing. but he's generally expected to survive. but if you remember that virtual lovefest a week ago, that was john kerry's hearing for secretary of state, this is not like that. cnn's chief c
" starts right now. good morning, i'm victor blackwell sitting in for carol costello. 11th hour drama, congress swerves away from the dreaded fiscal cliff, but on this morning after the enthusiasm is tepid at best and the anger is simmering. first your bottom line. no tax rate increase for more than 98% of americans, that is couples earning less than $450,000 a year. the middle class also gets relief from the alternative minimum tax. it will now be adjusted for inflation. and remember those massive spending cuts that could have plunged the country back into recession? yeah, well they're merely on hold for a couple of months. so lawmakers face even tougher decisions and dwindling patience from the public, and that includes some powerful voices in washington. check out this tweet from a leader of the tea party express, amy kremer says "i'm extremely disgusted with what happened in the house tonight. there will be consequences." we're covering all the angles and alison kosik shows us how investors are reacting to the crisis that has been avoided at least for now and christine romans gets
. they are more interested in football. >> carol costello joins us. really fascinating individual here. you talked to his pastor. does he talk about what happened in atlanta 13 years ago with two people stabbed to death? >> pastor has talked to ray lewis extensively about it. he wouldn't get into specifics but said that night changed ray lewis. he decided he didn't want to hang out with friends from the past who got him into trouble. he ejected those friends from his life and adopted a godly way to live. he gave back to the community, started preaching in church, living his life as god lived his life. the pastor told me rg you know, he's sorry about what happened in atlanta. but he's not going to dwell on it. he moved on and learned from it. >> he's retiring now. he has another gig? >> after super bowl sunday, after god says he'll win the super bowl. he's going to become an analyst for espn. i'm sure he'll be preaching across the country. it's something he enjoys and something a lot of people want to hear. >> i'm fascinated by his career, future. i don't know if god takes sides on this matter. may
girlfriend from the gunfire. cnn's carol costello talked with his father earlier today. >> they didn't contact us directly. they went through another organization who invited us. and the family, we got together and chatted about it and decided that it wasn't appropriate for us to attend. >> and you also suggested that other families of victims and other victims boycott this special evening. >> yeah. we talked a little bit to some of the other families and agreed with them that this was not really the best way to handle the situation. >> according to the denver post, some 2,000 theater tickets will be handed out to victims, first responders and to hospital workers, counselors will also be available. >>> all right, oprah winfrey has called it the biggest interview she has ever done. sitting down with the man who was once called america's greatest sporting hero. now she says an admitted drug cheat. oprah appeared on cbs this morning to talk about what lance armstrong was like during that interview, went on for some two and a half hours. watch. >> i choose not to characterize. i would ra
morning to all of you, i'm carol costello, happening now, secretary of state hillary clinton answers for the deaths of four americans before a senate committee. after weeks of delay, she appears before lawmakers to discuss the terrorist attack on the u.s. consulate in libya, and republicans are being warn todd be respectful to secretary clinton. but it will go beyond politics. did the government do enough to protect their citizens? did the state department ignore social security concerns? what are survivors telling investigators, and what's being done to track down the terrorist that laid siege on these offices. it's likely to be a day of blunt questions and intense scrutiny, wolf blitzer is in washington to begin our coverage. >>> good morning, it will be a very important day for the secretary of state this morning. she has a big challenge ahead of her. she has to convince not only men members of the senate, but later the house that she is on top of what happened, why four diplomats were killed, she has to explain what she was doing on that very day. jake tapper is our chief corresp
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